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Astrology

Name The Zodiac, Astrology
Description The Study of the starsto influence mankind.
Points of Reference The Stars & Charts
Basic Belief is God is cosmic, impersona

The Facts on Astrology, the Dangers and Source

What Is the Astrology

Definition: Astrology is a practice based on the assumption that the stars and planets mysteriously influence the lives of men. It teaches that the influence of the heavens begins at birth and continues throughout a person's life.
In other words, "the art of judging the occult influences of the stars upon human affairs".

The Zodiac
This is an imaginary belt of sky containing the 12 astrological signs or constelations around which the ancients built imaginary human and animal figures. The Zodiac and the constellations are both imaginary geometric configurations.
The signs are known as the "Sun Signs". Everyone is born under one of these 12 signs or constellations. (Pises the fish, Leo the Lion, Taurus the bull)
The houses are the 12 sections of the Zodiac which together symbolize every aspect of life.

The Horoscope
This is a "map" of the heavens at the moment of the birth of a person or any specific time therafter. The world of astrology is based upon an ancientview of the universe, not a scientific one. It was based on what they percieved was happening in the heavens, the sun, moon and stars were moving around the earth, the "centre of life".
We know now scienfificaly this is not the case.

Astrology and the Occult - Is astrology related to the occult?

We may define the occult, in general, as the attempt to secure supernatural power or knowledge. The Christian believes that this occult knowledge and power come from spirit beings that the Bible calls demons. Astrology is related to the occult in four major ways. First, astrology itself is defined by Webster's Dictionary as an occult art. As such it employs occult practices such as divination. Divination may be defined as "the art of obtaining secret or illegitimate knowledge of the future by methods unsanctioned by and at variance with the holiness of God" and which involves contact with evil Spirits. Secondly, astrology appears to work best when the astrologer himself is psychically sensitive, what most astrologers would term "intuitive." Thirdly, prolonged use of astrology often leads to the development of psychic abilities. Fourthly, due to its history and very nature, astrology often becomes the introductory course to a wider spectrum of occult practices. All of this points to the fact that the very practice of astrology is a foundational occult art and that the practitioners (astrologers) open themselves up to becoming involved in other occult practices.


Nevertheless modern astrology wishes to be seen as scientific. As a result, we are told that as a system of belief, it has nothing whatever to do with the occult and that the astrologer himself need not be psychic at all, although he may be "intuitive." An example of this is leading astrologer Carroll Righter who "feels strongly that astrology should not be considered [part of] the Occult. Because of his Practice as an astrologer, "he regards himself as a scientist Another influential astrologer, Charles E. O. Carter, claims "astrology does not involve any form of psychism, thus showing his aversion to the occult. Practicing astrologer Colette Michaan states "astrology is magical only in the sense that insight is magical.
These quotes remind us of the pronouncements of the parapsychologists who similarly claim that when they study psychics and mediums they are only studying "natural" and "normal" human powers-nothing occult, supernatural or spiritistic. But such claims are false whether made by parapsychologists or astrologers. Author John Weldon has shown that parapsychologists unwittingly have opened themselves to demonic powers under the guise of latent human abilities. If astrologers wish to truly be seen as scientific, it is natural to expect they would not admit to the occult nature of their craft. But instead we could expect them, like parapsychologists, to define their craft in modem scientific and psychological terms. But have astrologers misstated the case? Can it be documented that astrology by nature is part of the occult? Finally, is there a connection between the astrologer and psychic abilities?
From its inception, astrology has been tied to the world of paganism, magic, spiritism, and the occult and this remains true today. For example, in examining two dozen "channeled" books (revelations given by a spirit possessing someone's body), astrology was accepted or endorsed in almost all of them.
Proof that the spirits (demons) are clearly interested in promoting astrology can be seen in the following two examples.

First, one of the spirits who communicated through mystic and occultist Alice Bailey (founder of Lucius Trust) telepathically transmitted many books to her, including Esoteric Astrology. A second example is Edgar Cayce, who was a powerful medium. Throughout most of his life the spirits speaking through him endorsed the practice of astrology. The 14,000 readings Cayce gave in trance are considered the largest single body of psychic information in the world. Over 2,500 of them dealt with what were termed "life readings" and "almost all [of them] refer to past incarnations and specific astrological or planetary influences bearing on the present. When asked if it was right and proper to study astrology, the spirits that spoke through Cayce said "very very very much so.
The spirits are not the only occult connection to astrology. In terms of occult realities, astrology and the occult go hand in hand because they are fundamentally inseparable. There are historic ties between the rise of astrology on the one hand and the corresponding turning to the occult on the other. It is also true that where there has been the rise of the occult there has also been a corresponding turning to astrology. For example, Helena P Blavatsky was a potent medium and virulent antagonist of Christianity. She founded one of the most influential occultic movements in modem Westem culture, known as the Theosophical Society Astrologers West and Toonder have pointed out the influence of Theosophy on the modem American revival of astrology: "It is to Ms. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement she founded that astrology owes its revival.... Theosophy, in one blow ... inspired a renewed and serious inquiry into

How influeniial is astrology today?

Astrologers West andibonder believe that astrology now "enjoys a popularity uranatched since the decline of Rome." Science writer and engineer Lawrence E. Jerome makes the astonishing claim that at least one billion people around the globe "believe in and follow astrology to some extent." Bernard Gittelson is a New Age human behavior researcher and former public relations consultant representing the West German government, the European Common Market, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and other major clients. He calculated that the circulation of newspapers and magazines carrying astrological columns in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and South America totaled over 700 million or threefourths of a billion.

In the United States, the interest in astrology has fluctuated but remained high. For example, in 1969 Newsweek estimated there were 10 million committed believers in astrology and many more dabblers. In 1975 a Gallup poll indicated over 32 million Americans believed "that the stars influence people's lives" and in addition that many of them consulted their daily or weekly horoscopes. Not only that, but estimates of the number of astrologers ranged as high as 10,000 full-time and 175,000 part-time. Ten years later, a Gallup poll in 1984 revealed that among teenagers (aged 13-18), 55% believed in astrology. This figure was up from 40% in 1978. A 1988 Gallup poll indicate IO% of evangelicals believe in astrology.

Astrologers claim "there is no area of human experience to which astrology cannot be applied." Many occult practice' s (numerology and Tarot cards) have logical connections to astrology; many world religions and religious cults (Hinduism and Theosophy)
Proof for the astrologer's claim that there is no area of human experience to which astrology cannot be applied can be seen by checking your local bookstore.
For example, the smallest sampling of astrology titles indicates its potential for wide applications:


Your Dog's Astrological Horoscope; Your Baby's First Horoscope; Astro-power at the Racetrack; The Teenager's Horoscope Book; Cat Horoscope Book; Pluto: Planet of Magic and Power, Chinese Astrology; Cooking With Astrology; Diet and Health Horoscope; Earthquake Prediction; Medical Astrology; The Astrologer's Guide to Counseling; Horoscope of Murder; Find Your Mate Through Astrology; Astrology and Biochemistry; Astrological Themes For Meditation; Sex Signs; An Introduction to Political Astrology; Astro Numerology; Stock Market Predictions; Homosexuality in the Horoscope; The Astrology ofI Ching; Sex and the Outer Planets; Astrology of Theosophy; Astrology in the Bible, Horoscope of Canada; A Guide to Cabalistic Astrology, etc.


That astrology often does depend upon psychic ability is recognized both by occult authorities and astrologers themselves. The astrologer Marcus Allen has written Astrology For the New Age: An Intuitive Approach. In this book he thanks 'my spirit guide for his insight and clarity'.

What do astrologers think about God?

If an astrologer claims to be a Christian, attends church and reads his Bible, and claims that his practice of astrology is Compatible with his Christian belief, would you believe him? Is there any conflict between Christian belief and Astrology? What would you say to Christian laymen who think there is nothing wrong with checking their horoscope each day?
In reading and asking practicing astrologers to put their beliefs about God in brief form, most would say something like this: For them, the idea of pantheism (all is God; God is all) defines their belief in God. Others say they are not opposed to belief in God, in whatever shape or form a person wishes to believe. What is clear is that almost 100% of the astrologers do not arrive at their views of God from reading the facts of the Bible.

The astrologer who has formed his view of God from data other than the Bible has a different God than the biblical God. He is more in agreement with the common view that teaches "the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man.' Whether you are an atheist, Hindu, Buddhist, or Moslem or hold to almost any view of God at all does not bother them. As long as anyone allows astrology, they do not care what they believe about God. This is the view of God they accept. However, astrologers are opposed to believing in a God who defines certain actions and deeds as being wrong-as sinful-and obviously astrologers are opposed to someone who believes in a God who condemns the practice of astrology. And finally, like the majority of people in the world, they do not accept the views of our Lord Jesus Christ who said, "no man can come to God but by Me" (Jn.3:16; 5:24; 6:47)

Many astrologers define God in such a way that their belief easily blends within an occult view of the world. For example, for the majority, God is seen existing as a divine power and in some sense all life and all Nature are seen as being God. This is why witch-astrologer Sybil Leek writes, "God is in everyone," including Nature.

Comparison between Christianity and Astrology

Topic Astrology Christianity
God Impersonal-nature Personal-triune
Jesus Astrologer, psychic Saviour and God
Salvation Means through self-perfection By grace through faith
Death Reincarnation Glorification
The final state Cosmic absorption Personal immortality
Source of authority Astrological practice Bible
Mediator Professional astrologer Jesus Christ
Sin Ignorance or karma Disobedience to God
Morality Relative, Absolute
Man One with the cosmos Created (God's image)
Relation to occult Accepts Rejects
Source of information Horoscope chart Bible
Object of consultation The star's influence God
Object of faith Self Christ
Object of worship Creation Creator
Revealer of reality Chart Holy Spirit/Bible
Accountability Stars God

What does the Bible teach about Astrology?
The Bible teaches that astrology is not only a futile (worthless) activity, but an activity so bad that its very presence indicated Gods judgment has already occured (Acts 7;42-43) As both a philosophy and practice, astrology rejects the truth concerning the living God and instead leads people to dead objects, the stars and planets.

Christianity has historically been opposed to astrology for three biblical reasons.
Firstly: The Bible explicity rejects astrology by name as a futile, worthless practice. (Isaiah 47:13-14)
God states the councel of the astrologers is not only worthless to others but it cannot even save the astrologers.
Secondly: Christianity has historicaly opposed astrology because God forbids occult practices. God condems divination as evil and as an abomination to Him and says it leads to contact with evil spirits (Deut.18:9-13; Cor. 1-:20)
Finaly: The Bible rejects astrology because it leads people astray and to the horrible transference of their allegiance from the infinite God of the universe to the things which He has made.


THE BIBLICAL & THE OCCULT
This issue has examined the involvement of youth and the occult largely from a sociological perspective. The most important question for Christians, however, is: what does the Bible say about the occult? The following practices are covered by the verseslisted.

Astrology Deuteronomy 4:19; 17:25; 2 Kings 21:3, 5; Job:31:2628;
Jeremiah 10:2; 27:910; Daniel 2:14; 4:7; 5:79; Zephaniah 1:5.

Magic Exodus 7:11; Leviticus 20:27; 2 Kings 21:6; Isaiah 47:12; Ezekiel 13:18, 20;
Micah 5:12; Acts 8:1124; Galatians 5:2021; Revelation 9:21; 21:8; 22:15.

Fortune Telling Leviticus 19:31; 1 Samuel 28; 2 Kings 21:6; 23:24;
Isaiah 8:19; 19:3; 44:25; Jeremiah 14:14; 27:9; Ezekiel 13:3, 8; 21:21.

Overview Deuteronomy 18:9-12

 

 

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